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TGIF: The Feb. 20, 2015 Edition

(2/20/2015)

TGIF: vintage snowmobile electrical utility worker.

I'm thankful that Mother Nature continues to dump snow on the unsuspecting citizens of New England and mid-Atlantic region.

I'm thankful for the 24-hp on tap for utility linemen tasked with restoring power in the wake of these storms.

I'm thankful that when the job is complete, we can swap the repair equipment for the wife and kids and really enjoy ourselves this weekend.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

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Finding Winter: Two Days, 200 Miles and One Tired Kid

(2/19/2015)

February 2015 Snowmobile trip on Minn. North Shore. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

If you're from the Midwest, then I don't need to remind you that this winter has been pretty dismal. By mid-February, my son Cal and I had ridden together exactly twice.

Sheesh! So much for our favorite pastime...

If winter wasn't going to find us this season, then we needed to find it. So Cal and I loaded up the trailer and headed for Minnesota's North Shore, where we found ample snow, amazing trails and two days of fun.

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Snowmobile Hall of Fame Weekend 2015

(2/19/2015)

2015 Snowmobile Hall of Fame & Ride With The Champs. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The Annual Snowmobile Hall of Fame/Ride With The Champs weekend took place recently in St. Germain, Wis., where racers, riders, collectors and inductees gathered to celebrate the sport of snowmobiling.

Click for a hall-of-fame-like story about the weekend.

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How to Empty a Watering Hole (30 Years Later)

(2/18/2015)

Arctic Cat "How to Empty a Watering Hole" ad 30-year celebration.

Grizzled old-timers like myself remember with great fondness a series of classic Arctic Cat advertisements in the mid-1980s that evoked the spirit of snowmobiling in a way that very few ads did before or since.

“How to Empty a Watering Hole” was one such classic.

Last month was the 30th Anniversary of that great ad. To celebrate (and raise money for charity) many of the original cast gathered to recreate the original.

Click to read the story and buy your own version of the poster.

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News Bites 2.14.15: The Highs and Lows of Snowmobiling

(2/14/2015)

Screen grab from snowmobile crash video on YouTube.

Available next year at Hay Days: “I Bang Snow Banks” t-shirts.

In this thief’s version of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the lovely Joshua Vossen allegedly stole a van, Volvo, Arctic Cat snowmobile and a truck in his efforts to flee. Apparently the Volvo stint left no lasting impression.

What happens when 1,044 snowmobilers gather for a ride? A possible Guinness World Record. I wonder if the 1,044th rider gave the “I’m-last-in-line” hand sign?

The Guinness ride might have had another participant IF he hadn’t burned his sled piece-by-piece in an effort to stay warm. #firecat

Do officers sit around and laugh once the dust settles from an incident like this? I hope so. 

A truly frightening avalanche that appears to end well for this sledder.

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TGIF (the 13th) in Feb. 2015

(2/13/2015)

TGIF: Friday the 13th, Feb. 2015

I'm thankful that the most truly terrifying moments while snowmobiling happen to OTHER people.

I'm thankful for the containment provided by snowmobile bibs when the $#!T gets scared out of you.

And I'm thankful that it's Friday the 13th, Feb. 2015.

(Click to see larger versions of the above images.)

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The Interview: Soo 500-Winning Team of Brian Dick & Wes Selby

(2/11/2015)

Arctic Cat - Christian Bros. Racing win 2015 Soo 500 Enduro.

This past weekend, Arctic Cat engineer-racers Brian Dick and Wes Selby teamed up with Christian Brothers Racing to win the 47th Annual Soo 500 International Enduro in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

They were joined by Arctic Cat's Cadarette Racing in second, with Christian Brothers/Arctic Cat finishing eighth.

Here's an in-depth interview with Brian and Wes from just after they'd arrived home from their whirlwind week at the Soo.

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News Bits 2-4-15: You Can't Make this Stuff Up

(2/4/2015)

News Bits on ArcticInsider.com

Want to be the biggest Bad @$$! In New England? Read THIS CRAIGSLIST POST, buy the wicked sled and enjoy the title of BAMF.

Who HASN’T wanted to take a snowmobile for a rip around a ski hill?!? Unlike most of us, THIS guy actually did it.

How mad is Peter Packard for getting called out by local media for his snowmobile fail? I’ve done similar maneuvers my whole life. Fortunately they weren’t documented on the local news.

Let me get this straight: a drag racer fails to navigate a turn and crashes into a tree. Somewhere IN THIS STORY is a joke, because the guy himself provided the punch line.

Wolf (almost) bites person. Officer drives snowmobile over wolf, killing it.

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Snow Report: Who's Riding?

(2/3/2015)

Snow Cover in North America 2-3-15

Recent storms have dropped enough snow in certain areas to open up the first riding opportunities of the season. And the regions where snow has been on the ground are maintaining it.

The above map (from NOAA) of snow cover tells the story.

I'm headed to northern Wisconsin this weekend for my first significant riding of the season.

Are YOU going riding this weekend?

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TGIF: The Jan. 30, 2015 Edition

(1/30/2015)

TGIF: The REALLY vintage snowmobile version

I'm thankful for the wind-in-my-hair freedom of riding my snowmobile.

I'm thankful that loud pipes save lives.

I would be thankful to hear a word that describes the front chassis design.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

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Brad Pake: The Career Interview with 1990s Team Arctic Racing Legend

(1/27/2015)

Team Arctic Racing legend Brad Pake. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

When terrain racing exploded in popularity in the mid-1990s, Team Arctic's Brad Pake emerged as one of the very best at both cross-country and snocross.

In a remarkable four-year stretch that ranks among the all-time greatest, the calm and quiet farmer from Felton, Minn., claimed two I-500 cross-country wins; one ISOC and one FANS Championship; the 1996 Snow Week Racer of the Year award; wins at nearly every major cross-country  and a pile of snocross victories.

This interview about his career, his family and his friendly rivalries with friend Kirk Hibbert was a long time coming, but I think it's worth the wait.

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Join the 20th Annual Arctic Blast in TRF

(1/27/2015)

Arctic Blast 2015: Feb. 6-8

Arctic Blast 2015: Feb. 6-8

Fans of (Minnesota Vikings) NFL football, Arctic Cat and snowmobiling are invited to the 20th Annual Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally, Feb. 6-8 in Thief River Falls, MN.

Participants will enjoy meeting former and current Vikings players; a snowmobile ride; Arctic Cat factory tours; flag-football with the Vikings; a rocking concert featuring Hairball; and more.

Pre-Registration is $20 while day-of registration is $30. Pre-registrations must be received online by MIDNIGHT, February 1, 2015. All-pre-registrations will be eligible to win a pair of 2015 Minnesota Vikings Season tickets.

Proceeds from your registration will benefit the Vikings Children’s Fund.

Click HERE to launch the Arctic Blast Website for more information.

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TGIF: The Jan. 16, 2015 World Championship Edition

(1/16/2015)

Alouette Sno Pro IFS drawing

I'm thankful for the rich history, creative genius and hopeful experimentation that has been part of the Eagle River Derby since Day One.

I'm thankful for the way certain sleds draw our attention and, on occasion, lead us onto paths that change the sport for good.

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Watch History Being Made: Tucker Going for His 100th

(1/9/2015)

Tucker Hibbert's first Pro National win at Duluth in 2000. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Fourteen years and a couple months ago, in his first weekend as a professional snocross racer, Tucker Hibbert won the Pro Open class at the 2000-2001 season opener in Duluth, Minn., at the tender age of 16.

In the 14 years since , Hibbert has risen his fist in victory a total of 99 times. Tonight he will go for his 100th.

Click to read about why it will be worth watching.

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TGIF: The Jan. 9, 2015 Edition

(1/9/2015)

TGIF: the Sno-Pacer of the sno-mo-biz

I'm thankful for the DIY kit projects I read about in Popular Mechanics.

I'm thankful that people* are finally starting to take the Pacer more seriously.

I'm thankful for the luxurious paint, more effective front bumper and premium shock package available in the Limited package.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

 

*Special thanks to Charles Plueddeman for taking (and sending) me a photo of his car.

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Who's Scamming Who?: A Text Exchange about a Sled on Craigslist

(1/7/2015)

craigslist scammer trying to buy a snowmobile.

As many people who have tried selling something via craigslist know, there are a lot of would-be scammers out there. Some are immediately apparent while others are slightly craftier.

A regular reader of this site (let’s call him “Moe”) who is selling an Arctic Cat Z1 Sno Pro via craigslist had an excellent text exchange with a scammer.

The beauty of it was, Moe recognized the scammer from the outset and immediately started jacking with him.

Click to read the humorous exchange that ended well for both parties.

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TGIF: The First Friday of 2015 Edition

(1/2/2015)

TGIF: Stick your thumbs up for 2015 and all the Arctic Cat stuff!

I'm thankful the snowmobile that made this track wasn't too wide or too tall.

I'm thankful the magazine photographer didn't go with the OTHER concept he had for the cover image.

I'm thankful for the power of suggestion.

And I'm thankful we can put our thumbs up for 2015.

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Happy New Year 2015 (And Thanks For a Great 2014)

(12/31/2014)

Happy for snow.

I didn’t have the time the past few days to put together the New Year’s post I intended, so this will just have to be short and sweet.

Click to read what I think about you and this little garage we swap stories in.

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Thomas Sno Sports' 2015 Arctic Cat Demo Ride Day

(12/28/2014)

Wondering what a new 2015 Arctic Cat rides like? Want to compare the the Arctic Cat 600 C-TEC2 with DSI to the 7000-Series C-TEC4 engine from Yamaha?

You can do this and more on Jan. 8, 2015 at the Annual Thomas Sno Sports Demo Ride event.

Click for more details on this free event.

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TGIF: The Dec. 26, 2014 Edition

(12/26/2014)

TGIF: Hell's Snowmobilers terrorize local Parks

I'm thankful the Dads of Anarchy have taken a Christmas break from terrorizing the 'hood with their hellacious brand of crazy.

I'm thankful it's only the One Percenters, and not Two or Three.

I'm thankful they announce their presence with easy-to-spot orange vests and the trademark thunder of their Rumble Pack exhausts.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.

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